Sometimes the hardest part of embarking on a new pursuit is taking the first step. This is especially true when couples seek help for fertility issues. It's not easy to admit that you have a problem, and the road to a successful pregnancy is filled with uncertainty. One thing, though, is absolutely certain: the sooner you start your journey, the more likely it is that you will be holding your healthy baby.

Here's how to know when to start:

Heterosexual Couples

We partner with heterosexual couples every day. Consider seeking help if:

  • The woman is under the age of 35 and you have unsuccessfully tried for a pregnancy for more than a year.
  • The woman is over the age of 35 and you have unsuccessfully tried for a pregnancy for more than six months.
  • Either partner has a chronic medical condition, or a previous history of infertility.

Same-Sex Couples

Some same-sex couples are lucky enough to have a friend or family member who is wiling to help them get pregnant via the “old-fashioned” method. If this describes you, then you need to follow the same rules as heterosexual couples: seek help after 12 months of trying if the woman is under the age of 35, or after six months of trying if she's over the age of 35.

Most same-sex couples, though, need a little help. Even if you have a loved one who can donate sperm or eggs, you'll need an infertility specialist to help you establish a pregnancy. We can help you determine the fastest, safest, and most cost-effective way to become parents.

Individuals

Millions of single parents raise happy, well-adjusted children, but there's a cold hard reality underlying this fact: it takes two parents to make a baby. If you're single and want to have a child, you'll need the help of a reproductive specialist. Don't waste precious months shopping for donors on your own or hoping you'll find a partner. Fertility is a race against time, and the sooner you seek help, the sooner you'll have a child.

Fertility Preservation

More and more couples and individuals are delaying childrearing. Maybe it's your demanding career. Perhaps you want to wait until you have a partner, improve your mental health, or move into your dream home. Fertility preservation offers the best of both worlds: we preserve your eggs or sperm, ensuring you have access to high-quality gametes when you're ready. Then, when the time comes, we help you create a baby. With age comes wisdom and money, but fertility often takes a nosedive. Thanks to our fertility preservation methods, you can capitalize on your earlier fertility while benefiting from the wisdom, career experience, and finances you've accumulated later in life.  

Military Personnel

It's hard to even discuss, but life in the military is dangerous. If you and your partner want children, but are not yet ready, consider fertility preservation before a deployment. This ensures your partner is able to have a child even if you are injured or killed. This child can be the realization of your shared dreams, and also a great comfort to your partner if something happens to you.

Remember, fertility preservation doesn't just benefit military personnel who die in combat. Chemical exposure can reduce fertility, and some injuries can completely eliminate fertility or sexual functioning. Take advantage of your high fertility now, and give your family one less thing to worry about when you are deployed.

Prior IVF Failures

In vitro fertilization is not a guarantee of fertility, though it does greatly increase the chances of a successful pregnancy. Each IVF cycle offers about a 25% success rate. Even if you've had prior IVF failures, you might just have been unlucky. Moreover, technology and testing improve each year, so let us help you.

Recurrent Miscarriage

Miscarriages are tragically common, with as many as 30% of pregnancies ending in a miscarriage. In most cases, there's nothing you can do. But when you have multiple miscarriages -- three or more in a row -- you'll be diagnosed with recurrent miscarriage. Recurrent miscarriage suggests a chronic health problem that may be treatable. Let us help you figure out why you keep losing pregnancies.

Diseases Impacting Your Fertility

If you have a chronic illness, even if it's well-controlled, you need to seek help before you waste endless time trying to get pregnant. A number of medical conditions can affect fertility, including:

  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Infections
  • STIs and STDs
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Any condition that affects hormones, including endocrine disorders such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Being underweight or overweight
  • A history of absent, irregular, very light, or very heavy periods

Your First Visit

Your first visit is your chance to share your fertility history, discuss your concerns, and learn a bit more about how we work. We'll talk about testing and treatment options, then help you develop a custom fertility plan. Every patient is different. We listen with compassion and interest, then find a path forward that suits your goals and needs.